Ballot box. Pic: Anthony Karanja
Ballot box. Pic: Anthony Karanja

As Lichfield and Burntwood voters prepare to go to the ballot box for the local elections on May 5, The Lichfield Blog has offered each of the candidates the chance to have their say.

We’ve sent out questionnaires to all District Council candidates and will publish their responses on the site to help you decide where to put your cross on election day. If your local candidates haven’t responded yet, why not chase them?

Name: Richard Mosson
Party: Conservative
Ward: Burntwood Central
Occupation: Area Sales Manager

What has made you decide to stand for election?
Having always had an interest in national and local politics, I was asked several months ago by my Aunt who has been involved with the Conservative Party for many years if I would be interested in standing as a candidate, I of course jumped at the chance.  The opportunity to make a significant contribution and ensure that the ward I represent remains a safe and enjoyable place to live was too good an opportunity to pass me by.

What are the key local issues for you in your ward?
My main priority is to solve the current situation with Redwood Park which seems to have been a haven for the underage drinker and a hotbed for anti-social behaviour. I will be working hard on behalf of the local residents to ensure that we follow other similar successful schemes in the area, where parks have been properly supervised, made secure and closed to the public in the evening.

Michael Fabricant visited the park on April 16 and we discussed these issues and he too is keen to ensure that both the park remains well maintained and of use to all locally and that local residents no longer have to put up with the problems they have experienced in recent years.

If you are elected how do you plan to keep your constituents informed of what you are doing to represent them?
Keeping constituents informed is vitally important there are many platforms available now with Twitter/Facebook/MySpace etc and this would be a good idea to ensure both young and old are kept up to date with what is happening locally.

I would also like to ensure that the local press is kept up to date and regular updates from me in the paper would also be advantageous.

How do you feel you will be able to make a difference to your constituents?
Importantly I live in the area, so what affects the constituents also affects myself and my family, therefore I want my constituents to feel as though they have a voice I will be their representative and not the Councils representative to them.

Anything else you would like to add?
No response given

Also standing in the Burntwood Central ward (once they have responded, these will link to the response):

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.